The Winners: Packed To The Rafters averaged 1.926 million at 8.30pm, with Find My Family at 8pm with 1.882 million, The Zoo on Seven at 7.30pm with 1.709 million, Seven News with 1.452 million at 6pm, All Saints at 9.30pm with 1.304 million and Today Tonight with 1.297 million in 6th spot. Nine’s 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.274 million, A Current Affair averaged 1.246 million (and is the closest to TT its been for over a month), and Home and Away was 9th at 7pm with 1.237 million. Ten’s 8.30pm program, NCIS averaged 1.193 million in 10th spot and next was Nine News with 1.192 million. The 7pm ABC News was 12th with 1.148 million and the two episodes of Two and a Half Men from 8.30pm to 9.30pm averaged 1.014 million for the first episode and 1.005 million for the second. It was 14th and last on the million viewer club.

The Losers: The Chopping Block on Nine at 7.30pm, 856,000. Not anywhere good enough for Nine or for the viewer — it’s the idea of a contest people don’t like. Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen was eventually rejected by viewers for the contrived nature of the contest and it’s the same in The Chopping Block. But there are good ideas in the program. Why not have two chefs — Neil Perry against Matt Moran — two teams, with each chef helping a restaurant each week or fortnight? Make it a contest inside a contest? Kenny’s World on Ten wasn’t a loser: its 811,000 from 8pm fell short of The Chopping Block nationally, but Kenny’s World was more popular in Melbourne and did well in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. The Chopping Block only did better in Sydney. Kenny’s World is a more honest program and it shows. Will & Grace at 7pm for Ten, 573,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Melbourne. Today Tonight won nationally but needed its huge Perth margin for the national win; it lost Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to ACA. That’s the best for over a month. The 7pm ABC News in Sydney ranked ahead of Nine’s News, 357,000 to 351,000, but behind Seven with 391,000. Ten News averaged 781,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 404,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 859,000, Lateline, 208,000, Lateline Business, 121,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 147,000, Insight, 234,000; The First Australians at 8.30pm, 230,000, the 9.30pm SBS News, 169,000. 7am Sunrise on Seven, 364,000, 7am Today on Nine, 274,000.

The Stats: Seven won All People 6pm to midnight, 36.8% (36.2%), from Nine with 24.2% (23.8%), Ten with 21.0% (21.5%), the ABC with 13.3% (14.3%); SBS with 4.7% (4.2%). Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week, 32.4% to 27.3%. In regional areas, Prime/7Qld won with 38.7%, from WIN/NBN with 21.6%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 21.0%, the ABC with 12.9% and SBS with 5.8%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Tuesday has become the Seven benefit night of the week, so to save money, the rest of the industry could really shut up shop and go home early. Last night saw Seven once again dominate with a strong line up of local programs, led by Packed To The Rafters. It’s getting to the embarrassing stage now. The ABC and SBS battled manfully with some local product in their line up, but Ten and Nine just can’t hack it because they haven’t spent the money and the time refining ideas for local programming and are now paying the price.

Tonight its Crash Investigation Unit for an hour from 7.30pm for Seven, then two hours of Criminal Minds with a fresh and then repeat episode. The ABC has Spicks and Specks and The New Inventors, ignore the rest: The Cook and The Chef at 6.30pm is worth a look. Nine has The Mentalist; will it do better than last week when its ratings collapsed after being shunted there by Nine? The hour and a half of Two and a Half Men will do moderately well to good, if the past few Wednesdays are any guide. CSI New York won’t at 9.30pm. Ten has Jamie Oliver trying to fix the food of somewhere in South Yorkshire at 7.30pm — it won’t help House, or Life which follow.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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